Resources

This blog post features a conversation with Miriam Komaromy, MD, former ECHO Care lead, who shared key takeaways from the recent evaluation of the intervention to help inform complex care programs.
Dr. Mark Prather, board-certified emergency physician and founder of Dispatch Health, speaks to Rob Mechanic of the Institute for Accountable Care about how his organization provides on-demand home visits in 10 metropolitan areas and provided nearly visits to nearly 100,000 visits to patients last year.
Nearly 12 million individuals are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. This “dually eligible” population has more significant health and functional support needs than either Medicaid-only or Medicare-only populations. At the same time, individuals who are dually eligible face significant challenges in receiving well-coordinated care that is aligned with their needs.
On February 9, 2018, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Title III of this legislation contained a series of landmark provisions for advancing the integration of Medicare and Medicaid and for improving care for persons with complex chronic conditions. In this post, Rich Bringewatt, President and CEO of the National Health Policy Group describes the implications of this new law.
Congress recently passed a federal budget incorporating the CHRONIC Care Act that capitalizes on and grows early successes in many of these programs.
In the following Q&A, Allison Hamblin, MSPH, Senior Vice President at the Center for Health Care Strategies, explains how she and her team populated the map.
The Blueprint for Complex Care, a joint project of the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), will act as a strategic plan for the emerging field of complex care.
By the Playbook staff Patients with complex needs are often described as the 5 percent of patients who account for 50 percent of health care spending. Behind that oft-cited statistic are the individuals who make up that population – all of whom have their own stories and needs. In a new Playbook video, David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, president of the Commonwealth Fund, offers insight into the individuals within the group with the story of “Mrs. D,” a patient he cared for.
By the Playbook staff Recently, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) convened experts and stakeholders to explore the key attributes of patients with complex needs and devise a course of action for improving care for this patient population. Peter Long, PhD, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California Foundation and Chair of the workgroup, and Danielle Whicher, PhD, MHS, Senior Program Officer, National Academy of Medicine, worked with a team of experts to craft the NAM special publication, Effective Care for High-Need Patients: Opportunities for Improving Value, Outcomes, and Health. We...
By the Playbook staff Marit Tanke, MD, PhD, a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow, led a research project to analyze high-need, high-cost patients across four countries — the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, and Germany. What did she learn? The US is not the only country with a high proportion of health care spending concentrated in a small number of patients. In this video lecture, she walks us through her research — her methodology, how costly these patients are, who these patients are, and how they use health care. Browse the clips below, or scroll down to watch her 14-minute...
Welcome to the Better Care Playbook. Here we’ll introduce you to the Playbook and suggest some ways to get the most out of it. The Better Care Playbook is part of an effort led by six national foundations to offer you the latest information and resources on how to provide better care for people with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs. The rapidly evolving policy and payment environment is creating considerable pressure to change, and change fast. The Playbook is designed to give you the practical answers you need to get started or accelerate your work in addressing this...